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Crap Souvenirs: The Ultimate Kitsch Collection Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Or else it is a priceless reminder of ephemera.
It defines kitch, or crap, as an item which is a sort of hybrid with another item. Like Venus de Milo with a clock in her belly. It does two things very badly.
The souvenir that sticks in my mind is for sale all over Australia. It is a stuffed cane toad standing on its hind legs doing something Australian. The cane toad has no predators in Australia, and so plays hell with the environment. It is so toxic that it can kill your cat. Making it into an ashtray stand, or sunglass holder . . . .or wearing an Ozzie outback hat... is a sort of revenge on it. It says something about the thing that out of 50 years of world travel, when I think of a crap souvenir, I see the stuffed cane toad standing up and waving a cigarette at me.
May you find your own permanent mental marker of your travels.